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You may have seen the video that’s sweeping the Internet with the newest workout craze that takes music driven cardio to the next level. No? here you go.
The workout POUND uses drumming movements, and glow in the dark Ripstix to bang through twists, stretches, squats and crunches. Pound is finally having its moment, but is no newbie in the fitness world. Huffington post picked up the Ripstix back in 2013 and were exactly on-point when describing it as a “deceptive cardio workout”.
The Ripstix are not your normal drumsticks, they add 1/4lb of weight to each movement amplifying the challenge for your core, coordination and agility. This workout is perfect for all levels, ages and awkward giraffes like me. Shoes are optional and sticks were provided.
Let me just preface my experience in POUND…
This is the closest I’ve gotten to playing an instrument since my junior high clarinet days.
(i.e. I’m not musically inclined by any stretch of the imagination)
I have never been a dancer of any sort, nor do I contain an ounce of coordination or swagger that would allow me to fake it until I make it (yes I suck at Zumba). Rhythm is just not my thing.
I have legs for days and did two morning workouts, so…the squats were my nemesis.
Why I chose to stand in the front is beyond me and that questioning clouded my thoughts during many a stumble, miss-step and regular surveys of the room. A. Checking for witnesses after a major movement miss & B. to observe the electricity that surrounded me.
The intervals were carefully crafted to the music, enveloping you into a time/space warp of cardio bliss. I loved seeing the enjoyment on the faces of people of various ages, shapes and fitness levels, all of whom were putting me to shame with their rhythm and agility. The squats were my biggest challenge, keeping pace while maintaining the proper form to protect my lower back. Yaya checked in on form frequently and fluidly between providing instructions and the rhythmic hits of her own Ripstix.
Time flew and before I knew it we were doing a few stretches. I couldn’t believe time had flown by so quickly and in my head, I was demanding an encore. I wanted more! To my pleasant surprise, two more songs were on the lineup and we rocked out with a renewed energy to finish the class. When I put down the stix, the endorphins immediately flooded my brain and I knew I found a new workout addiction.
Overall, I’m REALLY happy with the energy, music, challenge, fun, sweat level and next-day soreness. I’d love to see this grow and to hear about your experiences! Please utilize the class finder (there are class options in the South Bay), order your at-home kit and comment below!
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If you’ve read my bio, you already know, I thoroughly believe caffeine makes me a nicer person. Talk to me, before my morning coffee, at your own risk, caffeine headaches are only missed latte away, and I have Starbucks Gold status. A prominence that has recently lost its luster – you can have it too, run don’t walk.
This dependency dates back to my college years and has since evolved through all stages of learning to love coffee:
Frappuccino’s > Lattes > Cappuccinos > shitty coffee masked with cream and sugar >
slightly higher quality coffee with a splash of cream > premium roast black coffee >
Clover Brew > $ 4 pour over > coffee spending come to Jesus moment 😁 > Home Brew.
The home brew was a stage of saving time and money until the discovery of Bulletproof Coffee. Enter coconut oil, ghee, and guaranteed daily attention for my blender. This beats the hell out of waiting in Starbucks lines, or even the faster method of ordering ahead via the app. Yes, I know this line hack, I’m a Gold Member remember.
Adding healthy fats to my morning Joe gave it more purpose in my daily routine. You’re already planning to drink it, so why not make your coffee do more for you.
More recently, we took this a step further by adding Collagen to our coffee. Tasteless, alike the popular MCT or XCT oil (19x more powerful than coconut oil) used in true Bulletproof coffee and packed with nutritional value. Skipping this morning ritual is now means sacrificing benefits like increased energy (duh), improved digestion, enhanced cognitive function, skin and joint support…just to name a few.
Caffeine lovers unite… own your morning energy routine by making it work harder for you.
Want to know more about including collagen in your coffee? Chalkboard Magazine has the full breakdown.
Coffee not your thing? Good for you. Try adding XCT oil and/or collagen powder to your morning smoothie or protein drink.
Maybe try before you buy?
The Source Café Hermosa Beach will whip you up a Mind Opener.
Mind Opener 16oz 8.50
Drip, organic grass-fed butter, MCT oil
Spicy Coconut Mind Opener 16oz 7.50
toddy cold brew, coconut milk, coconut oil, MCT oil, coconut nectar, cayenne pepper
4.18- 4.24 in review
Last week was an aggressive workout week, so here’s a recap with studio notes and healthy highlights.
I bonded with my Sweat Sisters…
A fellow Spinning instructor made her subbing debut at Elevate Studio within the CrossFit Southbay complex, giving me a perfect excuse to stop in for a sweat. This facility is more than I’d imagined, very spacious with class options ranging from Spinning and CrossFit to Yoga and Pilates.
The Cycling studio was open allowing fresh air and sunshine in. Kelley's music was on-point and the intervals guaranteed a great sweat!
My only note would be a need for a speaker upgrade, for the spin room, which would really help electrify the environment and immerse clients into their Spin class.
Knowing how busy I’d packed my workout schedule this week, I took an Epsom salt bath that night. Epsom salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate in the bath water, you then absorb these minerals through your skin, easing aches, pain and swelling to name just a few of its benefits. For your standard tub size 1 to 2 cups is recommended. Fancy it up with an essential oil for aroma and a maybe even a candle for ambiance. It’s all about that balance, recovery will keep you fresh and prevent injuries.
We followed up our 50 Minute LIT class with a 27 min CelluliteFIT Class at PLATEFIT, a workout combo I highly recommend (And only a few minutes commute in between). Once again, balancing a strength class with some muscle recovery time. The Power Plate engages your muscles 30-50x a minute allowing deeper stretches and increased blood flow. I felt some soreness while using the foam roller/Power Plate combo, during class but as always I left with my legs feeling light and fresh. PLATEFIT is one of my absolute favorite workouts on ClassPass, I wish it were closer to home, but always visit when I can.
Thursday morning, I chose a favorite close to home, Poise Fitness in the South Bay for their 60 minute Signature Class. This class combines Strength, Core and Cardio work using a variety of weights, equipment, and treadmill intervals. Very aware of my active week, I listened to my body more closely today, engaging my core to protect my lower back and adjusting equipment when form suffered (Swapping Bungees for free weights & etc). The exercises for this class had more of an emphasis on the back muscles, which was a nice change-up and still a great sweat due to the cardio.
Thursday night called for some rest while watching others get STRONG on NBC, including a friend and yesterday’s LIT instructor Wes Okerson. If you haven’t checked out the show yet, what are you waiting for?!
I got back on the Instructor bike…
Friday night I had been looking forward to a Vino and Vinyasa Class/girl time with some fitness friends at YogaCycle Redondo Beach. Which was such a fun night of restorative yoga via candlelight, followed by great conversation, people and vino. As an added bonus, I got an opportunity to chat with the studio owner about joining his Spinning Instructor sub list. To my surprise, there was an opportunity to teach/audition the following morning at 8am. Early alarm for a Saturday but I really enjoyed teaching again and earned myself 3 days of sore thighs, haha.
Schedules aligned Tuesday and Rachael of Sweat and Repeat introduced me to Cari’s Pilates Plus in West Hollywood. The fast pace between intervals and slow movements shook my muscles right away. Jenny was an awesome instructor rescuing me quickly from poor form and incorrect weight adjustments. I was very happy with this workout and found that its format is similar to Coreology Fitness in Manhattan Beach.
I love this facility, it’s so clean and spacious. Look for my name on the schedule in the coming weeks!
I learned how feisty I can be in the face of a FitBit Challenge…
In all my years of tennis, I feel like I was never as competitive as I am now. Which is why I happily accepted a FitBit challenge my coworkers organized. A week in and I am drinking the FitBit cool-aid, fully embracing the lifestyle changes this monitoring is encouraging and maybe car dancing on my commutes...
These changes include:
- Lunchtime walks to break up the work day
- Taking the stairs without hesitation
- Having a watch on my wrist again
- Having a better idea of hours I’ve slept and the quality of those hours
- Morning workout motivation, to arrive at work with a “step” count edge
309 N Kings Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
BootcampFIT & CelluliteFIT (27min each)
Street Parking & Neighborhood Parking. It’s a busy area so plan for a few mins to find parking. Classes start on time.
Class Size: 7
Open Sweat Class Price: $16-17
Use code: SBSWEAT30 for an additional 30% off Open Sweat's reduced prices!
Class Options: 10 – 24 Classes offered daily. Full schedule here.
Amenities: Water (Bring Your Own Bottle), Towels, and Bathroom.
I’ve been curious about this class and am so happy to have finally tried it.
Rachael Blumberg, PLATEFIT creator and founder, is a master of her craft, which makes for a very effective 27 min workout.
Yes, only 27 mins…. 😊 You’ve got this and don’t be late.
That being said, budget a few mins for parking. It’s a popular area and the studio neighbor is Kings Road café. Post morning class coffee treats are a major plus but the popular businesses surrounding could make parking a little tricky. Literally so much awesomeness in this area. When I went there was no street cleaning so parking was quick (Friday 8:30am).
Classes I took: BootcampFIT followed by CelluliteFIT
The Bootcampfit class is great, you are moving the entire time and the plate is taking that work to the next level.
The Platform is “Engineered to activate the body's natural reflexive response to vibration, Power Plate's vibrating platform moves 25 to 50 times per second to engage muscles in a consistent, and controlled manner. (The vibrations move in three directions: up/down, forwards/backwards, and side-to-side.) As a result, Power Plate is able to accelerate training with high performance results, enabling anyone seeking greater fitness levels to achieve their maximum physical potential faster and more efficiently.”
Only odd moments were the seated and laying positions on the plate (doing ab work)… as you can imagine, you’re sitting on a vibrating platform… Rachael was so knowledgeable and explained everything so well, form and adjustments were explained easily, maximizing the effectiveness of each exercise.
I was winded after class 1 then immediately happy with the flow of CelluliteFIT. I caught my breath, stretched out and got my blood flowing on a deeper level. The positions laying down and resting only your legs on the Power Plate were the best. I was just one long blink away from restful sleep and dreams of cellulite free thighs.
I battle with circulation issues in my legs. Nothing horrible just legs so itchy I could claw through them if I haven’t run in a while. This kind of stimulation plus the stretching felt amazing and my legs felt lighter than they have in a while. I just really feel like this has to be good for legs with how much sitting we do everyday at working desk jobs, commuting…Netflix and chilling.
The Class Options: 10 – 24 Classes a Day! Those options can fit anyone’s schedule!
Efficient workout for the time spent!
Class Size is perfect for the instructors to make adjustments and assist as needed.
Soreness in all the right places: The following days I felt soreness in my calves, side-boob area, upper abs, arms and oblique areas. Literally all of the areas I aim to target and tone.
Totally convinced to try PLATEFIT or the Power Plate? Find a Power Plate in your area
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Finding Happiness, Because I Can
2015 was an emotional roller coaster for me. I was working long, overnight hours with no consistency in schedule. As a freelancer, I was happy to be booking consistent work, but lulls went on for months without a spike in heart rate or motivation to work out after a 3am call time.
Having no time or energy, my social life, healthy eating habits and muscle mass diminished. I’ve always been athletic, even playing tennis in college, and I continue to hold myself to those standards of fitness. For that reason I pressured myself emotionally, lived in more forgiving fabrics like stretchy yoga pants and tunics, avoiding most of my summer wardrobe entirely.
I could pick myself apart physically, finding every flaw from a rounder face and midsection to how friendly my things had gotten – they were nearly inseparable. I had dark circles for days, dull skin and acne that rivaled my teenage years, all visible reminders of my shameful diet and inconsistent sleep schedule. The saddest part was the change in my demeanor. I was moody, quick tempered and even a glimpse of my quirky personality was rare.
In December, a change in jobs from vampire hours to a 9 to 5, was a big breakthrough in my schedule to allow workouts back into my life. Without time or energy as an excuse, it was time to jump back on the wagon. Through ClassPass, I took my first ever gymnastics class, at the tender age of 29. I definitely set the bar low with my first cartwheel, assuring there was plenty of room for practice and improvement. I had such a great time, the endorphins were flowing and my jaw hurt from smiling. Aerial yoga was next, challenging my arm strength and grace, followed by Surfing in West Hollywood, shaking things up with the Power Plate, Climbing my heart our at RiseNation, finding inner peace at Unplug meditation, and diversifying my elliptical routine at Elliptifit.
I crave new experiences, troll Instagram and bookmark studios, plan commutes around class times, and interact with studios owners, instructors, and others who find this same enjoyment in ClassPass. I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone with all of these unique challenges #becauseIcan. I have also met so many new people, shamelessly asking for selfies to share with my Instagram followers and chatting about classes they’ve taken as well. My ears are always open when waiting for a class, ready to jump on an opportunity to learn and share my experiences.
But best of all, I’ve found so much happiness in this lifestyle. I love coming home to my husband and sharing pictures, laughing and talking about our days. My quirks and humor are back in full force, I’m showing my “skinny” clothes some love and I’m inspired creatively. It’s been my goal to start a blog since college and I now have a theme, I am actively working on my blog, writing about classes and posting on Instagram to share these experiences.
So the moral of all this, my worst enemy was the one in the mirror. I am in control of my destiny, happiness, and story. So I’ll continue to improve, to become stronger, and live a healthier lifestyle because I can.